Asbestos Mines in Canada Temporarily Closed
According to the Montreal Gazzette, the last two asbestos mines in Canada are now idle for the first time in 130 years. The Lac d’amiante du Canada in Thetford Mines, Que., has been reported to have encountered obtacles and its workers cannot access the material. The Jeffrey Mine in the town of Asbestos has been part of large controversy regarding its possible reopening this spring, and is currently awaiting a government loan guarantee before it can operate again.
The mesothelioma advocacy groups, including the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, have been attempting to sway the Canadian goverment to not sign the loan guarantee which would allow Canada to export its deadly asbestos to third-world countries like India.
For more information, read this article by the Montreal Gazzette.